Hall of Fame Tennis Player
Early Career. Andrew Stephen Roddick was born on August 30, 1982, in Omaha. As a junior tennis competitor, he won six world singles and seven doubles titles. At age 18 he turned pro after being named the top-ranked junior player in the world.
In 2003, at age 21, Roddick won a Grand Slam title with a victory in the U.S. Open. Ranked No. 1 in the world later that year, he became one of the few American players to hold both a Grand Slam title and the No. 1 ranking in the same year. It was his only Grand Slam title, though he reached the finals four other times. He lost in the final at Wimbledon in 2009 to Roger Federer.
Retirement at age 30. A knee injury, serious shoulder surgery, and a case of mononucleosis set back his training. After losing in the fourth round of the 2012 U.S. Open, Roddick announced his retirement, telling fans, “I loved every minute of it. A lot of ups, a lot of downs, a lot of great moments. I’ve appreciated your support along the way.”
Off the Court. Established in 2001, the Andy Roddick Foundation supports at-risk and underprivileged children. Roddick’s philanthropy earned him the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award in 2005 and 2007. In 2009, he married American model and actress Brooklyn Decker. Now living in Austin, Texas, they recently announced that they are expecting their second child. Roddick had been inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame the day before.
[Sources: biography.com and huffingtonpost.com]